Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pickles

The other day as I was wandering through the garden pulling weeds and trimming the leaves on the sunflowers, I lifted a few leaves on the cucumber plants and noticed that some were almost big enough to pick! I waited until today to pick them so they had a chance to get a little bigger.
Of course my helper had to test out the freshly picked cucumbers...
We cut the little ones in half and quartered the bigger cucumbers and put them in jars along with a few slices of onion, some fresh garlic and fresh dill.
I then prepared a brine of vinegar, water, salt, sugar, whole peppercorns, mustard seeds and dried red pepper flakes. I heated it on the stove just to a simmer then poured it on top of the cukes in the jar.
These are refrigerator pickles, no need to process in a hot water canner, just put them right into the fridge. They take a few days to soak up the brine and flavor from all of the goodies I threw in the jar, but will last a few months if kept refrigerated, although I'm sure they will be gone long before I have to worry about them going bad.

I can't wait to try these over the holiday weekend!

9 comments:

House and Garden Boutique said...

They look soooo good! Nothing like fresh picked produce. Pickles are the best. Great photos!

Julia said...

Those look so good and sound so easy to make, love it!

Kelly said...

Yummy!

Riot Kitty said...

Adorable pics. Love your quality control ;)

Jenni said...

Wow, they look awesome!

Out in Them Sticks said...

these look so good! maybe we'll adde cucumbers next year. I wish my kids ate pickles too!

rachel... said...

Oh man, I'd love to try those, too! How do they compare to store-bought pickles?

sheila said...

Wow, I might try this! Can I use my regular ol cucumbers - just pick them early right?

Typical Suburban Family said...

Yum!!! I figured this year I will put my effort into actually growing a garden and next year I will work on some creative and delicious ways to eat the garden goods. Right now, we just devour everything as it is ready to be picked. These pickles look delicious though!!